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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey and Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

Troubleshooting Agile A weekly problem-solving session for all things agile

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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey and Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

    The Liberated Elephant with Jessica Katz

    The Liberated Elephant with Jessica Katz

    Jessica Katz is an agile coach who uses curiosity and conversational skills to help agile teams perform better. She explains why you need to liberate the elephant in the room, how you can do that through nonviolent communication, and how one person saying "good morning" unlocked better performance for a whole team.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - Jessica Katz: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeskatz/ https://liberatedelephant.com/events/2020/10
    - Agile Ireland talk: https://www.agileleanireland.org - “Creating Boundaries, Practicing Curiosity, and Making Requests”
    - Gallup poll: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/284180/factors-driving-record-high-employee-engagement.aspx
    - B Corporation: https://bcorporation.net/
    - Dare to Lead: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/
    - Nonviolent Communication: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_Communication
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    • 28 min
    Changing Behaviour

    Changing Behaviour

    Jeffrey is inspired by Jon Smart and the DOES Virtual conference to discuss homeostasis as a source of resistance to change, and Squirrel tells a client story about curiosity as a way to help a complex system adapt.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - DOES Virtual "Las Vegas": https://events.itrevolution.com/virtual/
    - Jon Smart: https://itrevolution.com/sooner-safer-happier/
    - Complex Adaptive Systems: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_adaptive_system
    - Paradoxical Agenda-Setting: https://feelinggood.com/tag/paradoxical-agenda-setting/

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    • 20 min
    From Taylor to Toyota

    From Taylor to Toyota

    Following last week's praise of Taylorism, a suitable approach for making complicated problems simple, this week we look at a similar revolution in democratising innovation and creating a learning organisation—by uncovering hidden complexity and removing status as a barrier to discovery of error.

    SHOW LINKS:
    Team of Teams: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22529127-team-of-teams

    - Cynefin framework: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin_framework

    - Art of Action: https://www.stephenbungay.com/Books.ink

    - High Velocity Edge: http://www.thehighvelocityedge.com/

    - Don’t be a Zombie Organisation:

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dont-be-a-zombie-organiza_b_3306513

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6kqnQZuIHg

    - Normalization of Deviance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normalization_of_deviance

    - Status as obstacle to learning:

    https://pedestrianobservations.com/2020/09/19/learning-worst-industry-practices/


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    • 21 min
    In Praise of Taylor

    In Praise of Taylor

    Frederick Taylor gets a bad rap - even from us, as we had a lot to say in Agile Conversations about how his methods have been misapplied in "software factories". But in the right circumstances, his ideas about repeatable, simple processes have a lot of value, and can lead directly to valuable automation opportunities. We describe examples including how continuous integration developed from an arcane art to a routine process along Taylorist lines.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - Taylorism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_management
    - Cynefin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin_framework
    - Team of Teams: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22529127-team-of-teams
    - IdealCast: https://itrevolution.com/the-idealcast-episode-11/

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://conversationaltransformation.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@conversationaltransformation.com

    • 13 min
    Conversational Dojos

    Conversational Dojos

    Both of us learned to improve our conversations through regular practise with others - and today we describe how you can do that too, by organising a Conversational Dojo using our (free!) kits and videos.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - Free Dojo kit: https://itrevolution.com/conversational-dojo-kit-free-download/
    - Conference talk on conversational dojos: https://events.itrevolution.com/virtual-programming/
    - London Organizational Learning meetup: https://www.meetup.com/London-Action-Science-Meetup/
    - Action Design: https://actiondesign.com/
    - Shu Ha Ri: https://martinfowler.com/bliki/ShuHaRi.html


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    • 18 min
    How to Stop "Harping"

    How to Stop "Harping"

    One of Squirrel's clients finds herself "harping on" a particular point in her technical team, and is frustrated that behaviour doesn't change. Squirrel and Jeffrey discuss how this and other "tells" indicate that you're stuck and how to come up with a pre-planned action to address these that will help you be curious and get to improved performance.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - Self-sealing: https://pages.uoregon.edu/mgall/designmemo%233.htm
    - Bozo bit: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/the-bozo-bit-and-duelling-ladders

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://conversationaltransformation.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@conversationaltransformation.com

    • 10 min

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